Rapperswil - Jona

Rapperswil-Jona, fondly known as the "town of roses," is a lakeside haven nestled at the upper end of Lake Zurich. It's a seamless blend of history and natural beauty, offering visitors a quiet escape with medieval charm and water-bound wonders. Read more

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Located in the canton of St. Gallen, Rapperswil-Jona is a town that almost defies description. Here, the tranquil water of Lake Zurich meets historic streets lined with age-old buildings. The town is essentially divided into two parts: Rapperswil, known for its rose gardens and historic old town, and Jona, famous for its industrial heritage and natural beauty.
Rapperswil is often called the "town of roses" because of its over 15,000 rose plants belonging to 600 different species. The Rosengarten, a beautifully maintained rose garden, offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the lake and the alps. Additionally, the Rapperswil Castle overlooks the town, housing the Polish Museum and offering more panoramic vistas.
Jona, on the other hand, is more known for its outdoor activities, including swimming, boating, and lakeside walks. Its industrial history has been well preserved in museums and in the town's architecture, offering a fascinating peek into its past.
Together, Rapperswil-Jona offers something for every type of traveler, whether you're interested in history, nature, or simply enjoying some Swiss tranquility.

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What to do in Rapperswil - Jona

Rapperswil Castle

Perched above the town, the castle is home to the Polish Museum and offers scenic views of the area.


A stunning rose garden with thousands of rose species, and panoramic views of the lake and mountains.

Wooden Bridge to Hurden

One of the longest wooden bridges in Switzerland, connecting Rapperswil with the peninsula of Hurden.

Knie's Kinderzoo

A family-friendly zoo owned by the Swiss National Circus, Knie, focusing on allowing children to get close to animals.

Wurmsbach Abbey

A Cistercian nunnery located in Jona, known for its beautiful architecture and serene surroundings.

Lützelau Island

A small island reachable by boat from Rapperswil, offering camping and other outdoor activities.

The Capuchin Friary

A historic friary that serves as a spiritual retreat and place of interest for history buffs.

Seebad Jona

A popular lakeside swimming spot in Jona, ideal for summer visits.


The central square in Rapperswil, surrounded by historical buildings and serving as a hub for markets and events.


A nearby region promoting the tales of Johanna Spyri's Heidi, offering family activities and scenic beauty.

What else to visit
In and around Rapperswil - Jona

Langenberg Wildlife Park (23.35 km)

Nestled amidst the pristine landscapes of Switzerland, Langenberg Wildlife Park offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the lives of Europe's native wildlife.

Zug (23.79 km)

Nestled by the Zugersee's pristine waters, Zug is a captivating Swiss gem, where medieval charm seamlessly blends with modern allure. Known for its picturesque landscapes and rich history, Zug is a destination that whispers timeless tales.

Zurich (23.98 km)

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city, is the epitome of elegance and culture. Explore the ancient streets of the historic centre, visit renowned museums and galleries and enjoy panoramic views of the city surrounded by the picturesque Alps.

Swiss Science Center Technorama (32.44 km)

Unlock the mysteries of science and technology in an interactive playground! The Swiss Science Center Technorama is Switzerland's gateway to a world where hands-on exploration meets wonder, making it a haven for curious minds of all ages.

Zurich Airport (33.11 km)

Walensee (37.96 km)

Walensee, with its crystal-clear waters flanked by towering cliffs and verdant alpine meadows, is a hidden gem in Switzerland's landscape. Its breathtaking beauty provides a serene escape for both the soul and the senses.

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